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Women Rocking Hollywood Panel 2022: Multi-hyphenate Female Filmmakers

By Leslie Combemale | July 8, 2023 | Comments Off on Women Rocking Hollywood Panel 2022: Multi-hyphenate Female Filmmakers

On Saturday, July 21st, 2022, a powerful collection of female filmmakers got together to discuss their careers, latest projects, and experience in the film industry to an excited crowd of con-goers and supporters of parity in the entertainment industry. You can see it here: “Each one Teach One” is an expression women in film know …

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Women Rocking Hollywood Comic-Con@Home 2021

By Leslie Combemale | June 17, 2021 | Comments Off on Women Rocking Hollywood Comic-Con@Home 2021

Announcing our 2021 Women Rocking Hollywood panel, going live during Comic-Con@Home on the weekend of July 24th! We will announce the time and date as soon as SDCC has made the official announcement. Hi! Leslie Combemale here, creator of WRH and senior contributor for the AWFJ.  First let me say I really miss seeing the …

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Women Rocking Hollywood Comic-Con@Home 2020 Supporting Female Fronted and Helmed Film and TV

By Leslie Combemale | May 13, 2020 | Comments Off on Women Rocking Hollywood Comic-Con@Home 2020 Supporting Female Fronted and Helmed Film and TV

https://youtu.be/z339dPV2_ag 2020 was meant to be a banner year for women in film. This January, the press out of Sundance offered glowing reviews and suggested a promising future for genre, mainstream, and indie movies helmed by women. Then the pandemic swept the world. It has halted production, is actively changing the future for all film …

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Women Rocking Hollywood Panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019

By Leslie Combemale | August 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Women Rocking Hollywood Panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019

There have been positive developments in the last year for women in television and film. Initiatives like the 4% challenge are making news, movies and tv identified as gender-balanced are getting ReFrame stamps, and companies like OWN, Annapurna, Netflix, & Sundance continue to expand opportunities for intersectional women, supporting great content in the process. Changes …

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The Queen: AWFJ review of a documentary essential to queer history

By Leslie Combemale | June 28, 2019 | Comments Off on The Queen: AWFJ review of a documentary essential to queer history

So proud to have posted this review of documentary The Queen on the anniversary of Stonewall. It is absolutely required viewing for those interested in both queer history and film history. See the trailer here: “Before queer was cool, or even fully legal, first-time director Frank Simon created The Queen, a 1968 groundbreaking documentary chronicling one …

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Mouthpiece AWFJ review

By Leslie Combemale | June 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Mouthpiece AWFJ review

Even as an adult, there is never a good time to lose a parent. More challenging is losing a mother unexpectedly on the heels of a falling out. This experience is the basis for the new film Mouthpiece, which is based on a Canadian two-woman show of the same name, starring the two actresses, Amy …

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Late Night: Great Broad-cast News

By Leslie Combemale | June 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Late Night: Great Broad-cast News

More a strongly femme Broadcast News and less The Devil Wears Prada, new comedy Late Night offers a look at the challenges of working on a comedy talk show while female, and to hilarious effect. Written by Mindy Kaling, directed by Nisha Ganatra, and starring Kaling and Patron Saint of Smart Women in Film Emma …

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Booksmart: Funny, Fearless, and Feminist AF

By Leslie Combemale | May 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Booksmart: Funny, Fearless, and Feminist AF

Olivia Wilde is proving to be the blueprint for successfully segueing from acting into directing with the buzzy new coming-of-age comedy Booksmart, releasing wide this weekend through patron saint indie studio to female filmmakers, Annapurna. If any film should bring the indie studio solidly into the black, this hilarious, heartfelt celebration of feminist teenage badassery …

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Tell it to the Bees: AWFJ review

By Leslie Combemale | May 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Tell it to the Bees: AWFJ review

Tell it to the Bees, an independent British drama released in 2018, is finally having its release in American art house cinemas, though it reaches theaters in the UK in June. The film is adapted by director Annabel Jankel (co-creator of Max Headroom) from the novel of the same name by Fiona Shaw (the writer, …

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Wine Country: Raise a glass to these funny women in film

By Leslie Combemale | May 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Wine Country: Raise a glass to these funny women in film

In a world where we are so busy that Facebook has become a poor stand-in for quality time with those we are close to, the new gal pal comedy Wine Country pours itself into our cinema-loving lives like a light-bodied, approachable chardonnay after a bad day at work. A feature directorial debut for Amy Poehler, …

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